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The president's during the White House briefing room yesterday to announce a new approach to the virus. Several health officials joined him. C. D. C. Deputy Director and shoot. It said the United States should expect some troubling news. Hour aggressive containment strategy here in the United States has been working and is responsible for the low levels of cases that we have so far however we do expect more cases and shortly after that press conference in new mysterious case of Corona virus was announced in California and that's where I want to begin with. Npr Health correspondent Rob Stein hither rob either. Okay let's talk about this new case here in California and what the significance of it could be yes so the CDC right after this briefing ended last night reported that someone who in California who doesn't appear to travel to any country where the virus is spreading exposed. Anyone who might have caught the virus overseas had tested positive for the virus. That means this could be the first instance in the United States of what officials call community spread. You know in other words. They caught the virus in this country with no connection to any other country that could have spread here. There's been sixteen reported cases of Corona virus in this country. Far all the other cases have been people card in China or on that cruise ship except for two close relatives of two of those people brought back from China. So this would be very concerning. You know because it's exactly what health officials have been worried might start happening that the virus could start spreading in this country now the CDC says it can't completely rule out that this person might have had some contact with traveler. They don't know about but so far. That doesn't seem to be the case. Okay well then the question on all of our minds of course is what do we know about this person and how the person may have gotten the virus if not through someone abroad? He S O California health officials. Say the person lives in Solano County north of San Francisco and that this person is receiving care at the Ucla Medical Center and according to the hospital. The patient was transferred there from another medical center and doctors suspected the patient might have covert nineteenth. Is Diseased Causes but since the patient didn't meet all the criteria for the corner virus they weren't immediately tested by the CDC. And in the meantime the hospital has treated other patients with farces like this so took all the necessary precautions to protect doctors nurses but after this patient did finally test positive the hospital as a small number of hospital workers to stay home and monitor themselves. Okay so so. This could be the beginning of what's known as community spread in the United States. Although it sounds like there's some uncertainty here but that obviously raises the question of how prepared we are in this country to deal with the corona virus. What what did you feel like you learned from the trump administration when the president and others talked about the approach yesterday? Yes so the president you know. He took a very kind of low key. Approach to this was tried to be very reassuring saying you know. Things are under control But the president announced that Vice President Mike Pence would be taking over in charge of coordinating the nation's response to the outbreak until now Health and Human Services Secretary Acts as our has been chairing the corona virus taskforce. Now he'll stay in that role but trump says he picked pens because of his experience handling healthcare issues especially when he was governor of Indiana and that he will hopefully help coordinate phys across government agencies including like the transportation and education department's NPR health correspondent. Rothstein rub thanks so much. You Bet David now. The administration is facing scrutiny as concerns increase over the spread of Corona virus in the US reporters asked the president yesterday. Why he seems to be contradicting centers for disease control officials who say the corona virus outbreak. Here is only a matter of time. Here was the president's response. I don't think I have. They've said it could be worse than I've said it could be less to. I also take. I don't think it's inevitable. All right I wanNA bring an NPR senior political correspondent Domenica Montinaro. Who's been following the president's response here? D'amico either David Okay. So this could be a big moment for the president if indeed this virus spreads and American start looking for for some level of reassurance and confidence. Oh definitely I mean you know. The president's gotten a lot of criticism for this confused messaging before this on krona virus she had the CDC sounding the alarm. They're saying that the spread was inevitable. You had trump downplaying this and really in a lot of these situations. I mean I kind of think of it as being on a plane and facing turbulence and urine stormy weather. You want the pilot to be calm by. Everything's okay but no but also serious and telling you to take your seats right input safety belts on and make sure everyone does it. You know the president because of his tweeting in his own personal volatility. That makes it difficult. And there's a lot of people who are never going to trust him as their pilot but that's partially probably why. He decided to put Mike Pence there. Because he's such a controlled messenger and for the most part trump during that press conference got out of the way of Public Health Officials. And even swatted down some potential conspiracy theories about whether the CDC was trying to inflate numbers or the risk to hurt his reelection. Okay so maybe. He's putting pence there because people have more confident. I mean it also sounds like pence has experience as governor with healthcare. That may put them in a good position to respond to that. What is what is that experience. Well you know. The thing is though Mike Pence is very controversial. Pick to put here. There was an outbreak in two thousand fifteen of HIV in his home. State among intravenous drug users that is really causing a lot of critics to look at this and say they raised some eyebrows. Wonder if this is the smartest person that put their at one point according to USA. Today the number of people who had contracted HIV in one rural county exceeded the number of people infected with HIV through injection drug use in New York City the entire previous year while the CDC another health officials urged making clean needles available but but state law and pence Moral opposition really initially prevented that two months after the outbreak began. He said he was going to go home. Prey on it two days later he finally issued an executive order to make those clean needles available. So look he's not a scientist and I think that's one thing that a lot of people are nervous about if this does spread and Democrats which would say already critical of the president response here. Definitely they want him to ask for more money from Congress. Trump said fine. If that's what you want and trump look said the stock market may have gone down but it's Democratic presidential candidates fault too which is really controversial thing to say.